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Three Guy Off The Scale Barley Wine - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 219
Gots: 24 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 01-25-2009)
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

12-07-2011 01:52:58 | More by Lukafer
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-18-2011 11:46:23 | More by wingedeel
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

11-14-2011 23:34:59 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

ruby colored, almost candy like reddish amber color being presented in front of me. There was a touch of haze to it, but not as much as I expected. Some light carbonation could be seen struggling up to reach the surface. T

Some tobacco was clearly evident, giving it a musky sort of aroma, light hints of alcohol, candied sugar and apples coming through. As it warmed some hints of an oaky sort came out. The flavor was really well done I have to admit. Super smooth, with just the lightest of carbonation, it struggled not to tip too far into the syrup side of things, but
may have in fact landed there in the end. Very sweet, with hardly any alcohol being noticed in here, I was quite impressed. Rich candied apple notes were abound in here, with hints of caramel and honey as well. Some light floral notes in the finish, and that musky tobacco like taste, that I could almost construe to be a weird type of spice to be honest. As it warmed any trace of the alcohol was gone, and it became a syrup laden sweet candied treat

07-30-2011 01:50:48 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.47/5  rDev +10.4%

Thanks to Scoobydank for hooking me up with this gem.
A: Poured a deep reddish-orange color with a small white head and good carbonation.

S: Nose is sweet with caramel, big hops, alcohol and floral notes.

T: Taste is thick, lighlty boozy but not as big as the ABV would let on. Lots dark fruits,caramel and sugar sweetness here with floral hop notes.

M: Motuhfeel is big, chewy and very coating.
Vintage 2009

A: This beer has turned into a deep mahogany with little carbonation

S: Sweet caramel, toffee, faded hops and booze

T: Big does of once faded once killer floral hops, sweet caramel, toffee, dark fruit element is light, perhaps some once upon a time apricots. Booze has calmed down but a sticky, sweet element remains, some Earthiness.

M: Big body and well done

O: Most excellent! Better now rthan it was in 2009.

06-23-2011 22:45:59 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of MbpBugeye


4.05/5  rDev 0%

Big thanks to AleWatcher for this one. It's slipped by me a couple times so I'm glad to finally have one.

Drank in two parts, poured in a small Mikkeller flute. I'm not sure of the age on this one, or when it was last brewed, but something tells me that this bottle has at least a few years on it.

If I'm honest, this beer is an ogre. Its a murky, rust water reddish brown. It pours out looking really thick, and once its in the glass, leaves thick coating and legs. The head is ample for a thick, 15% abv barleywine but eventually fades all the way to nothing as spots of lace slide back down the glass.

Very interesting and much more tame than I expected. I had my self braced for a walloping of alcohol and booze soaked caramel and perhaps a truck load of hops. But things are very well integrated and tame. The alcohol is a DAMN shy of smelling like the 15% mark. This bottle has to be old. The main smells come together and smell a lot like bread pudding. Raisins, rum, cinnamon, figs, cherries and a light whiff of alcohol. At one point I was pulling out a very minty aroma which was interesting and quite pleasant. Caramel apples and toffee ride though the aroma all the while.

Very dense and rich on notes of fruitcake and rum soaked figs, raisins, plums and cherries. The booze is very, very tame. I expected to be breathing fire after sipping this stuff. In fact, I blew out the candle that was lit next to me for fear of igniting my breath. But instead my throat was greeted by a very well integrated, softened beer. There are lots of the caramel apple notes that were so prevalent in the aroma. On my second glass I was getting a few flavors of oxidation. I'm not sure why they waited till the second half of the bottle to peak out, perhaps it was temperature or maybe it had something to do with the dregs of the beer. At any rate, this oxidation wasn't extreme and nearly added to the flavor profile of the beer.

Not very hot, given the huge ABV. It stayed very reserved and smooth. Its a very thick beer with a long, densely sweet finish.

This bottle had been aged for some time and it had been aged properly. Everything came together well here. The only hint of the ABV was how I felt after this bottle. Big thanks Jeff!

04-22-2011 19:30:33 | More by MbpBugeye
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%


2008 batch received as an extra in a trade with OHLRangers in early 2009. Thank you Ed! This has been cold stored at about 45 degrees since I received it. Poured into a snifter.

A: A hard pour reveals a deep maroonish brown body with a modest creamy beige head. Nice color.

S: Dates, toffee, bready malt, plum, brown sugar, and prune. There's a bit of earthiness, and booze is pretty tame for the strength. There's a faint citrus presence that's redolent of orange and grapefruit, and pine is subtle. Just a dash of oxidation is apparent. Smells very nice.

T: Flavor opens brown sugary sweet with toffee and caramel notes. Bitterness is at a lower moderate level and lends some balance to the sweetness. The beer is pretty boozy, but it fits well with the theme and isn't detracting. Dark fruit notes are of plum and prune, and there's a bit of date and fig in there as well. Finish is boozy and brown sugary sweet with a restrained bitterness and ample warming.

M: Upper medium - lower end of full in body with an upper low carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky, smooth, and sticky.

Overall: A hefty but nice American Barleywine. A sweet sipper.

02-11-2011 03:21:16 | More by HopHead84
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Dark Horse 3 Guy Off The Scale (Barley Wine) pours up with a light effervescence that creates a wafer-thin, Irish cream colored head that just rings the bright, deep mahogany-rufous colored body. The head retention is most certainly retarded by the alcohol! This one even shows a few legs that cling to the side of the glass. The bold, complex aromatics reveal an intense caramel maltiness supplemented by a pleasant fruitiness (citrus salad, dried apricots, orange marmalade) and a vinous strength as it warms. The bold flavor starts off a bit cloying with plenty of upfront caramel (buttered toffee, muscovado sugar) & honey (buckwheat) notes underscored by a touch of toasty nuttiness (roasted cashews, peanut brittle) which layers into the overall malt complexity before a commanding bitterness takes over to drive this one home to a slightly spicy, rich, lingering bittersweet, powerful warming finish that's dominated by the wallop! This full bodied American barleywine could use a touch more carbonation, but otherwise is a perfect companion to sip by the hearthside. This Dark Horse barleywine is certainly "Off the Scale!"

CHEERS! Beertracker

02-05-2011 07:31:14 | More by Beertracker
Photo of sweemzander


4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. I believe this is from 2008.

(A)- Pours a cloudy reddish brown with orange highlights. Produced some off-white froth that dissipated down to bubbles, but at 15%ABV, I wasnt expecting alot in that regard. A beautiful color to it.

(S)- A rich yet delicate profile. Mountains of toffee, fig, cherry, caramel, prune, and a honeyed finish. A treasure trove of malty pleasures. Only a minor/subtle boozy warmth.

(T)- Just like the smell in just about every way. A rich, yet smooth and complex malty paradise full of toffee, fig, cherry, caramel, prune, and a honeyed aftertaste. A bit of a more pronounced boozy warmth, but is still restrained well.

(M)- A good carbonation level, that, is lower than most, but it fits. A great balance of sweet and rich flavors with almost no bitterness or bite to it except in the mild boozy bite that is really integrated well into the body of the beer.

(D)- A great barleywine that has would continue to stand the test of time. Still though, a very strong beer that demands sipping for maximum enjoyment. It took me awhile to finish my glass, but it was a great journey through it. Dark Horse needs to brew a new batch of this pronto, cause it has been awhile since they have!

01-20-2011 13:05:45 | More by sweemzander
Photo of garbercury


4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

2008 vintage, lets party...

A--Reddish brown, with minimal lacing...

S--Wow, this smells great, so great, raisins, cherries, tobacco, chocolate, etc...superior.

T--Same lines as above, a "little" boozy, but so tasty.

M--Smooth, good MF

D--15% how drinkable is it? VERY! YEAH!

01-07-2011 04:27:29 | More by garbercury
Photo of david131


4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Received this bottle as a gift from my local beer retailer over a year ago.

A- A deep ruby orange liquid that is nearly clear. The head is very thin and lacy. A bit on the dead-looking side.

S- Caramel, with a touch of cotton candy and ketchup (not in a bad way). Very subdued for the style and especially for the ABV.

T- Very sweet and rich caramel malt, cherries, cranberries, and figs. Cotton candy on the finish. There is some alcohol presence, but not nearly as much as I would have expected considering the alcohol content.

M- Sticky and think with a carbonation presence that is only noticeable on the finish. There are some strong residual flavors as well. The alcohol warmth is noticeable, but not unpleasant.

D- A very well done take on the style. Beast-like, but very agreeable. One of the more memorable and enjoyable barleywines I have had the pleasure to indulge in.

01-03-2011 05:15:18 | More by david131
Photo of domtronzero


4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

A - clear dark ruby brown. Red highlites on the edges. Small, long lasting, creamy tannish head. Tons of lacing.

S - Huge sweet malts, caramel, dark ripe fruits. Raisins and plums, nice alcoholic booze aroma. Smells really good.

F/M - Again, huge malt complexity. Sweet with caramel and bready malts with a light toast crusty flavor. Ripe dark fruits and sweet appley fruity esters. Medium bitterness with moderate piny hops. Full bodied oily and slick with a moderate carbonation. Pleasant alcoholic dry finish, without being astringent. Lingering candy sweetness.

D - This is a superb barleywine Definitely going back on my Wants list. Smooth and huge, boozy but delicious. Pretty easy drinking and nice and full. World class.

12-11-2010 03:30:33 | More by domtronzero
Photo of Thorpe429


3.78/5  rDev -6.7%

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Color is a moderate caramel-copper color with some orange notes. Small white head that quickly dissipates into nothing. Nose is pretty strong booze with good notes of caramel, sweet malt, and fruit. The taste is a bit boozy, though not terribly so given the ABV. Good fruit presence. The feel is where the booze gets it, as it's hot even for its alcohol level. Drinks fairly well, but probably needs to rest for a long time.

11-09-2010 21:51:43 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of erosier


4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

L: Pours a nice caramel brown color with hints of some red with a short but medium bodied tan colored head that fades quickly to a ring around the beer with little lacing left behind.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some caramelized malts, vinous fruits and more dark fruits.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted and caramelized malts, then a big vinous and dark fruit taste to it: plums, raisins, cherry. Finishes up with a touch of hops.
M: Very full flavored, not as thick as expected, very high abv but was not very detectable.
D: Very drinkable especially for its gravity.

06-08-2010 11:13:08 | More by erosier
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.13/5  rDev +2%

Bottle with red wax on it. Not sure of the vintage.

Poured into Old Guardian snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of fizzy tan head. Fades down to a ring. Light lace left. Color is a very hazed copper brown with an extreme ruby hue to it. Very nice color.

Aroma: Cherry/ sherry flavors. Sweet and malty. Some caramel malt. Has some light booze and oak flavors.Has some dark dried fruits. Plums, raisins. This one is smelling very good.

Taste: A lot more booze here than the nose would suggest. The high abv shows here quite a bit. Sweet, rich, and malty. Lots of dark dried fruit flavors. Plums, cherries, and raisins all present. Caramel malt with some oak flavors and heat. Pretty solid bwine.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, rich, and warming. Reminds me a bit of an old ale. Full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation, but alright for the beer. Ends very malty with some booze.

Overall, this is a pretty solid bwine. It has a lot of great flavors, shows a little heat, and seems to fit the style well while going over the top for the abv. Really glad I had a chance to try this one. Decently drinkable.

05-28-2010 03:14:36 | More by mothman
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3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

Bottle from the cellar that I never marked - so really no idea of the age on this one. Pours into my glass a deep garnet with a wisp of khaki bubbles on top that fades away. Good bubbly carbonation still. Aromas kick off with a bold mix of caramel, sherry and deep dark fruits. Raisins and figs with a touch of chocolate as well. Big malt sweetness.

First sip is a cornucopia of maltiness. Caramel, cherry, sherry and a wealth of dark fruit flavors roll across the palate. A touch of fig, raisin and chocolate as it flows down along with a bitter hop kick. Sweetness is quite present here and I'm not the biggest fan of that, however overall this is a bold, flavor packed barleywine. ABV makes itself known as well!

Mouthfeel is rather viscous and a bit syrupy as well. Good carbonation. A little bit heavy on the sweet side for me personally. Overall, a pretty solid barleywine and definitely a heavy hitter on the ABV. Good sipper for the evening. This could have easily aged another 5 to 10 years.

04-16-2010 01:29:41 | More by orbitalr0x
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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured from 12oz waxed bottle. Last part of the Dark Horse tasting...pulled out of the cellar for enjoyment by all.

A- Pours a lightly hazed amberish brown color. Light tan head about half a finger came and went pretty quickly. Some light lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet caramel malts with dark fruits come rushing though the aroma. Some brandy like notes in the middle of the aroma. Someone said there was a little port quality to this that once I thought of I had to agree.

T- This drinks more like a English Barleywine right off the bat. Big sweet caramel malts and raisins in the front end of this. Big alcohol in the backend of this along with a toffee like taste. Caramelized sugars in the middle of this. Some darker fruits in the middle to ending of this as well. Overall a great English Style taste.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low and goes well with this style. Syrupy in the mouth. Big darker fruits in the front and left on the palate with the alcohol buring in the aftertaste. Very drying but not in an annoying way.

D- A very nice drinking barelywine. I can't remember how old this bottle is...a couple of years and it did this beer nicely. I have a couple more that I'm glad I didn't drink yet.

04-04-2010 06:01:03 | More by alleykatking
Photo of kirok1999


3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

Pours a nice clear copper with no apparent head or lace. Still as night. Some nice sweetness in the nose along with a mild spice. Taste is sweet and smooth, much more like an English barleywine than an American. Mild spice makes it very interesting. Very long lasting finish, just a bit of hops. Nicely sweet and creamy, very smooth and easy to sip.

03-16-2010 01:42:18 | More by kirok1999
Photo of brdc


4.78/5  rDev +18%

Thanks OHLrangers for this one. Spent almost one year in my cellar, unsure how old it was before.

Small capped bottle, poured into a snifter. Reddish brown in color, small but long lasting tan head (more than expected for 15%), and good lacing throughout the glass.
This one smells and drinks like a powerful old ale, reminiscent of the best ones from Hair of the Dog. Malty and sweetish, caramel, molasses, brandy, port wine at times.
Thick and sirupy, with warming alcohol, lots of dark fruits, caramelized sugar, nuts.
Very impressive, never cloying, always satisfying.
Only problem is I did not see the 15% mark, and that one got me over the edge quite quickly, as it tastes like 10%
I had never been impressed with Dark Horse, but this one is an awesome sipper, great by the fire nightcap. Would love to get a few more. Barleywine or old ale, it is great either way.

02-21-2010 16:11:06 | More by brdc
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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

Served at cellar temp into a tulip glass.

Pretty sure this is the same "3 guys" as the Old Ale, just different text on the label. This bottle is a year and a half old at least. Review #1200

Gorgeous bright crimson copper color, a finger or so of tan foam tops it off with a vigorous pour. Awhile later its a bare crescent tracing the edge of the glass.

Sweet malty aroma, raisins and dates with a little brown sugar.

Flavor is big, syrupy and rich with toffee and raisin notes. Apple and cotton candy. A touch of bitterness in the back, amazingly the 15% is subdued by the aging. There are still traces of heat but it's well integrated. Dry aftertaste, lingering multigrain bread and caramel flavors.

Smooth sipper, perfect for the oncoming snow in the forecast :(

11-25-2009 04:07:54 | More by emerge077
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3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

Got to try a bottle of this last summer. Maybe not the best time for barley wine, but.... The colour was a cloudy amber with no head at all. The aroma was quite hoppy (piney hops) with loads of caramel. On the palate, ultra sweet! Quite malty as well with loads of hops caramel, toffee, creme brulee and a delightfully loooong finish that lasts and lasts!

11-19-2009 03:43:41 | More by slaintemhor
Photo of rhinos00


4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a very dark brown / amber with shades of ruby throughout. No head to speak of...a little disappointing, but who really cares about appearance?

S- Candied brown sugars, figs, raisins, and notes of alcohol all come together to create this beast of an aroma. Pretty potent, almost too much of a sweetness in the nose.

T- Unlike the aroma, the brown sugar attribute does not dominate whatsoever. While there is a decent amount of sweet malts in this beer, definitely picking more of a dark fruit flavor along with hints of caramel. A little bit of alcohol heat in the finish, bit it's ever so subtle.

M- My one big knock is that it could have been a little more viscous, especially for such a big beer.

D- Alcohol is in this beer is pretty deceptive. You don't really notice the 15% abv in the taste, but you most definitely start to feel it.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Definitely take your time with this one and drink it slowly.

11-11-2009 03:05:25 | More by rhinos00
Photo of pwoods


4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing and FtownThrowDown for sharing(lol).

12oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Deep mohagony on the pour. Decent head, considering the alcohol. Same for the lacing.

S: Big big alcohol. Some hops that have aged out a bit. Thick sweet malts, rich sweetness, and plenty of dark fruitiness.

T/M: Lots of rich caramel and maybe even further into molasses notes. Lots of dark fruitiness that blends well into the alcohol. The alcohol is quite big. More of the aged hop complexity. Body is about full with lighter carbonation.

D: This is a monster of a beer. Stretch out, drink plenty of liquids, take frequent breaks, and enjoy slowly.

10-28-2009 00:40:08 | More by pwoods
Photo of ffejherb


3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 12oz. bottle on 10/26/09.

A - Poured a clear, medium caramel brown body with a thin tan head that reduced to a patchy film and yielded some stringy lace around the rim of the glass.

S - Woosh! This is definitely a malt bomb, with plenty of caramel and toffee sweetness, as well as molasses, maple syrup and brown sugar notes. You get the picture... this is sweet! There is also a hint of earthy, woody notes akin to a root or birch beer. While there is a slight waft of alcohol, it by no means suggests 15% ABV.

T - Initial flavor is sweet... really sweet! Xhewy gobs of caramel abound, and the flavor is even more sweet than the aroma. Again, the alcohol remains well concealed, even after the liquid reached room temperature. There is a faint tinge of earthy hop bitterness in the finish, but it does very little to quell the sweet maltiness of this barleywine.

M - Medium to full-bodied with a very syrupy, chewy texture and soft carbonation. Sweet and rich on the palate.

D - Very good barleywine overall, but one 12oz. bottle was more than enough, and we shared it between a few of us. I equate this beer to licking the spoon after making batter for molasses cookies.

10-27-2009 12:47:28 | More by ffejherb
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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 12 oz bottle.

A: The barleywine is a maple syrup brown color, nearly as viscous too. The ale is translucent, nearly opaque, with no head whatsoever.

S: The nose is wickedly malty, full of caramel and booze. Hops are nonexistent in this treacly brew.

T: While not quite as complex as J.W. Lee's, this is one big barleywine. Malts are through the roof, concentrated with caramel and molasses. Dark fruits arise out of the maltiness too, complex and rich. The finish is formidable, a bold barleywine even without a standout hop profile.

M: The mouthfeel is heavy, as you'd expect from such a heavy ale. The sweet maltiness is incredibly decadent.

D: At 15%, this is a good beer to share with multiple people. I enjoyed sipping my way through it.

10-27-2009 01:52:08 | More by akorsak
Three Guy Off The Scale Barley Wine from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.